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May 7th, 2004
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Movies alone
Poll #290168 Movies

Have you gone out to a theater to see a movie by yourself?

Yes
27(84.4%)
No
5(15.6%)


Update: Does anyone else think that the results of this poll (so far 10-3 yes) might not accurately reflect America as a whole? It's interesting to think what this says about the people I hang out with (who are atypical in a number of ways).

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From:spwebdesign
Date:May 7th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
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I generally prefer not to, but if I really want to see the movie in a theater and can't find anyone to go with me, I've had to go alone a few times.
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From:zzbottom
Date:May 7th, 2004 10:34 am (UTC)
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Given my work schedule, which has been pretty much always night my adult life, I have frequently gone to movies solo. I catch quite a few matinees that way, and even fulfilled a long-time curiosity a couple summers ago by theater surfing one excrutiatingly hot summer afternoon catching four flicks on one ticket. I honestly enjoy catching movies by myself.
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From:jencallisto
Date:May 7th, 2004 10:35 am (UTC)
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there are some movies and some moods for which going to a movie alone is far preferable.
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From:surrealestate
Date:May 7th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC)
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I certainly *would* go to the movies alone. I just don't go to the movie very often so honestly can't recall whether I actually ever did. If I haven't, it's only because for me, going to the movies requires the motivation of another person. I can certainly think of times I planned to and then stood myself up.
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From:queue
Date:May 7th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
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Motivation definitely. For me, it's also the cheapness factor. It's generally hard for me to justify spending that kind of money unless I'm doing it as part of a social activity. After all, I could be at home watching Stargate or Buffy or something.

Also, growing up, going out to the movies was always a group activity. I don't think it ever occurred to me until college or maybe even after that someone might actually decide to go to a movie alone.
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From:jencallisto
Date:May 7th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC)
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Update: Does anyone else think that the results of this poll (so far 10-3 yes) might not accurately reflect America as a whole? It's interesting to think what this says about the people I hang out with (who are atypical in a number of ways).

entirely possible. i mean, i am terribly fond of going to restaurants alone, as well, and i get the impression that's something not a lot of people are comfortable doing.
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From:cthulhia
Date:May 7th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)

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that's a combination of guilt about eating at all; eating alone in public makes me feel like an Really Unattractive Obese Person; and the cheapness factor.

Going to a movie alone or with a date, I still see the same movie for $n. Going to a restaurant alone means I only get to taste one entree, with date(s) there's the possibility of having at least a taste of several of the menu offerings, and gives me a fuller experience of the restaurant, for the same price.
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From:queue
Date:May 7th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)

Re: restaurants alone

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I don't think I've gone to a (sit-down) restaurant alone, either (or, if I have, it was a one-time, special-circumstance kind of thing).

I've actually recently contemplated both going to a movie alone and going to a restaurant alone. It's kind of new for me that I'm actually contemplating these things. Maybe some day I'll actually do them.
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From:hrafn
Date:May 7th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)

Re: restaurants alone

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It just occurred to me that the primary reason I have done this (gone to restaurants alone) was due to work-related travel. Unless you count going to places like the Diesel alone for a light snack or something, but that doesn't feel the same as a Restaurant where they serve you a meal . . .
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From:jencallisto
Date:May 7th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)

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i guess... i just really like food. occasionally it's really nice to be able to concentrate on the food. social interaction can sometimes enhance a culinary experience, but it can also detract.

also, i read a lot, and am almost always happy to read more. i often appreciate the opportunity to read while eating.
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From:treacle_well
Date:May 7th, 2004 10:53 am (UTC)
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I am surprised to see that there are adults whom I don't consider to be totally freaky individuals, who have never gone to a movie alone.

I also admit that I don't really "get" the strong preference some seem to have for seeing a movie not-alone, even if they would go or have gone to a movie alone at least once.

Unless it is clear to me in a specific situation that the seeing of the movie with someone willl result in an interesting conversation about the movie afterward, I actually prefer seeing movies alone. It's not so strong a preference that I will automatically turn down movie-seeing-with-others opportunities though--Sometimes the initiative of others in setting up a movie outing provides the motivation I sometimes need to actually get out to the movies.
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From:cthulhia
Date:May 7th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)

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barring campus movies, which were free with ID and effectively like watching TV (just a really Big TV) the first movie I distinctly remember going to see alone was Remains of the Day. In fact, I was the only person in the audience too. (And they wouldn't pause it when I had to pee!)

When I don't have AC, I will often go to matinees if I'm not employed during hot months. (Although, the last time I was unemployed in the heat, I was poor enough that even matinees were expensive. I spent more time in cafes and libraries.

I'll go to free screenings alone, and to film festivals alone, since those are usually one-time offers, I can't wait for times that are more convenient for others.

A lot of it comes down to whether or not it's a movie I want really want to see, and it will lose something on the smaller TV screen, or whether it's a social experience I want to share (i.e. big movies like LOTR, Harry Potter, etc.)

Movies cost as much as going to see a live band, and I do take that into consideration when going to films.
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From:jaq
Date:May 7th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)
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I resent you stating 'America' when there are non-Americans voting.
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From:queue
Date:May 7th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
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I resent your resentment (I tried sending it once, but it apparently didn't get through).

Actually, I specified America because I feel that I have some kind of idea of the moviegoing habits of the country as a whole, having lived quite a few places around the country. I wasn't old enough to be going to movies alone when I lived in England and Spain, so I can't really speak to what the moviegoing habits of the rest of the world might be.
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From:beowabbit
Date:May 7th, 2004 11:03 am (UTC)
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Do it all the time. I definitely prefer going out to ice cream after or dinner before the movie with other people, but at the movie itself, unless we're going to be snuggling in the theatre (which of course is very nice), going with somebody else is not all that different from going my myself (except of course that I have somebody to talk to about the movie afterwards, which is nice). And I sometimes like seeing horror movies , and don't know many other people who do. (Not a staple of my cinematic diet, but definitely something I enjoy doing once in a while.)

I sometimes play video games and read books by myself, too. (And don't tell anybody, but I sometimes *gasp* masturbate by myself, too! I admit that's even more fun with company, though.)
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From:hrafn
Date:May 7th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC)
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I don't actually remember if I have or not. But I think I haven't.
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From:xalolo
Date:May 7th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
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I answered yes, because once I did go to the movies on my own(Final Fantasy: The Movie--couldn't find anyone to go with me). But, in general I never go alone. I'd say most people have gone to see a movie alone at least once in their lives--maybe a more enlightening question would be to ask if people go to the movies alone often?
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From:theora
Date:May 7th, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
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If it's a thoughtful sort of movie, I often prefer to go alone, because I'm just not ready to discuss my thoughts immediately afterwards, I need some time to digest. And I just think better when I'm by myself.

If it's a comedy or action thingy, on the other hand, I find having company makes it easier and more natural to laugh out loud or react viscerally to cool and exciting stuff on the screen.
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